Jeremiah 51:15-58 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 He has made the earth by His power;
17 Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge;
20 “You are My battle-ax and weapons of war:
24 “And I will repay Babylon
25 “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,
27 Set up a banner in the land,
33 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
“The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor
34 “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon
36 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for you.
41 “Oh, how Sheshach[a] is taken!
45 “My people, go out of the midst of her!
49 As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall,
51 We are ashamed because we have heard reproach.
52 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
54 The sound of a cry comes from Babylon,
57 “And I will make drunk
58 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken,[f]
2 Chronicles 36:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah,[a] [b]Jehoiakim’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Kings 24:10-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city [a]was besieged. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, as his servants were besieging it. 12 Then Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon; and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.
The Captivity of Jerusalem
13 And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house, and he cut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said. 14 Also he carried into captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land. 15 And he carried Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers, and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. 16 All the valiant men, seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
Zedekiah Reigns in Judah
17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s[b] uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
1 Chronicles 3:10-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Family of Solomon
10 Solomon’s son was Rehoboam; [a]Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11 [b]Joram his son, [c]Ahaziah his son, [d]Joash his son, 12 Amaziah his son, [e]Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14 Amon his son, and Josiah his son. 15 The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, the second [f]Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth [g]Shallum. 16 The sons of Jehoiakim were [h]Jeconiah his son and [i]Zedekiah his son.
2 Chronicles 36:11-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
Zedekiah Reigns in Judah
11 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. 12 He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the Lord. 13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel. 14 Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 52:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Fall of Jerusalem Reviewed
52 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 2 He also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 3 For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, till He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
2 Kings 24:18-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 19 He also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 20 For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, that He finally cast them out from His presence. Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah 37:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Zedekiah’s Vain Hope
37 Now King Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 2 But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land gave heed to the words of the Lord which He spoke by the prophet Jeremiah.
3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Pray now to the Lord our God for us.” 4 Now Jeremiah was coming and going among the people, for they had not yet put him in prison. 5 Then Pharaoh’s army came up from Egypt; and when the Chaldeans who were besieging Jerusalem heard news of them, they departed from Jerusalem.
6 Then the word of the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 7 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Thus you shall say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me: “Behold, Pharaoh’s army which has come up to help you will return to Egypt, to their own land. 8 And the Chaldeans shall come back and fight against this city, and take it and burn it with fire.” ’ 9 Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not deceive yourselves, saying, “The Chaldeans will surely depart from us,” for they will not depart. 10 For though you had defeated the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and there remained only wounded men among them, they would rise up, every man in his tent, and burn the city with fire.’ ”
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